May 16, 2016 (Concord, NC) – Twenty year-old, Cole Williams is ready to take care of unfinished business this weekend when he straps into the seat of his No.15 Cardinal Services Toyota for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 22.
Williams, making his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start, is looking for redemption and a chance to prove himself in ARCA.
Williams made his ARCA debut at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, but lost his transmission at the green flag. Settling for a disappointing 25th place finish at his home track in his first ARCA race does not sit well with a determined Williams.
“I’ve had Toledo circled on my calendar since the night I left Nashville,” said Williams. “We had a great Toyota that night – a top-5 car, maybe even better. It was not the way I envisioned starting my ARCA career or representing this team,” said Williams. “I’m determined to make the most of my next shot and race for a checkered flag.”
Headed to an unfamiliar track, Williams is counting on the experience of his Venturini Motorsports team to help reduce his learning curve and prepare a race winning car.
“Having a proven team behind me and now having some ARCA experience is going to really help. I was a bit anxious going into my first start in a new series. I’m definitely going into this a lot more confident than I was at Nashville,” added Williams.
“I was able to quickly adapt to the ARCA car in my first start so this time around it will be about learning how to drive Toledo’s half mile track. I’ve watched a bunch of old races and studied the track a lot – I feel if everything goes well with pit stops and strategy we’ll be there at the end.”
Winning Crew Chief, Jeff McClure will be atop the pit box for Williams at Toledo. McClure, who went to victory lane with Christopher Bell at Salem last month, also served as crew chief for Todd Gilliland last season when the 15-year old driver won at Toledo in his ARCA series debut.
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Be sure to follow Cole on all social media platforms. You can find him on twitter at @ColeWilliams46 and Instagram @Cole_Will46. He can also be found on Facebook and at ColeWilliamsRacing.com.
ARCA Racing Series on-track activities begin Saturday, May 21 with two practice sessions from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows at 3:30 p.m. Raceday Sunday gets underway with an on-track driver autograph session from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions follow. The Menards 200 is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. All time Eastern. ARCA TV Broadcast Schedule
The Menards 200 presented by Federated Auto Care will air LIVE on AMERICAN SPORTS NETWORK at 2:00 p.m. Check your local listings for channel.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, and Brandon Jones. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.